Listener Survey

Posted: August 17, 2016 by Nazim in Uncategorized

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We’d like to know a bit more about you, so we can come to your place while you’re asleep and rifle¬†through your fridge for premium cold cuts. No, seriously, we’d be grateful if you complete the survey linked below to give us some insight into who listens to us. Although we won’t turn down prosciutto, if you have it.

Libsyn listener survey.

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Thanksgiving Mailbag Episode

Posted: November 22, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

To celebrate arguably the best holiday, Brett and Nazim take listener questions about who would be the worst judicial Thanksgiving Day guest, Presidential Turkey Pardons, and actual legal questions at the end.  Happy Thanksgiving; and otherwise, we will see you next week.

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Who Let the Lawyer Dawgs Out?

Posted: November 19, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

This week’s episode covers Miranda Rights, from the ridiculous (the Louisiana Supreme Court holding that a defendant’s request for a “lawyer, dog” was not an equivocal invocation of Miranda rights) to the sublime (City of Hayes v. Vogt in which a police officer’s incriminating statements in a job interview were used against him in a pretrial hearing).  The law starts from the beginning, but Vogt specifically starts at (24:43).

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Citizen’s Guide to House Parties

Posted: November 12, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

This week’s episode covers District of Columbia v. Wesby, a case that appears super interesting at a surface level (house-parties, cops, possible strippers), but is sort of boring a few meters deep (probable cause, qualified immunity, mens rea).  Brett and Nazim get into the details, but not before breaking out a 8 movie bracket to determine the best house party movie of all time.  Law starts at (03:40), House Party nonsense from (11:19-23:05).

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Nazim’s Gerrymandering Birthday Extravaganza

Posted: November 5, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

This week’s episode celebrates both Nazim’s birthday and the death of American democracy.  Depending on how you feel about the Supreme Court and its inherent authority, the case of Gil v. Whitford could substantially impact politics and voting throughout the United States, or could be another missed opportunity by the Court to fix a systemic problem in our government.  Brett and Nazim discuss general gerrymandering issues, how this case will likely play out, and give Nazim a soapbox at the end to discuss why all districting is terrible.  Law starts from the beginning.

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It’s only appropriate that we have an Epic plaintiff among our cases, since our new season of the SCOTUS Fantasy League leads constitutional liberty protections. I’m clearly not sure what I’m saying here, but I think the feeling is mutual. The November ballot is here. You probably know the rules, but if you don’t, they’re here.

Just to summarize the rules, you pick the outcomes in a few cases we put on a ballot like the one above every month. Whoever gets the most points, at the end of the term, wins a box of stuff from Brett and, maybe, Nazim, if you give us a way to get it to you. The easiest way to not get point is to not put your ballots in. If you put more than ballots in, and we manage to figure that out, you only get the votes from the second ballot. In addition, we’re adding rules banning gerrymandering the Justices, because Nazim. Also, you must read all our SCOTUS Fantasy League announcements in the voice of that announcer in the Hunger Games, the one played by Stanley Tucci – in your head. You don’t have to read it out loud. Finally, don’t taunt happy fun ball. It has feelings, you know. Also, terms may change without notice, since we’re doing this for fun.

Work Sucks

Posted: October 29, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

This week’s episode celebrates everything that is terrible about gainful employment.  Brett and Nazim spend the first part of the episode disincentivizing you from wanting to become a lawyer by sharing stories about the profession, and then cover the case of NLRB v. Murphy’s Oil (also Epic Systems v. Lewis & Ernst and Young v. Morris), which discuss whether the National Labor Relations Act supersedes the National Arbitration Act by providing a right to class actions for employees who sign mandatory employment arbitration agreements.  Case discuss starts at (13:08).

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Cell Phones and the 4th Amendment

Posted: October 22, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

This week’s episode covers Carpenter v. U.S., which covers whether or not 4th Amendment protections apply to your cell phone records, so if you’re a fan of privacy arguments, feeling paranoid about the government spying on you, the latter episodes of the Serial podcast, or new ways that the movie Scream has been made moot by technology, this episode is right in your wheelhouse.  Law starts at (03:34).

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Federal Govt. v. New Jersey: Who Ya Got??

Posted: October 15, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

So check it out.  The intent with this episode was to have a short, slick analysis of Christie v. NCAA, which is both about gambling and federalism, but things almost immediately devolved in talk about fried chicken, Joe Arpaio, Separation of Powers, and Brett’s gambling conspiracy theories.  It’s not all nonsense by any means, but if you’re hear just for New Jersey’s terrible legal arguments, that starts at (25:36).

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Legislature v. Courts: Who Ya Got??

Posted: October 8, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

This week’s episode covers the case of Patchak v. Zinke, which on a small scope covers whether or not the government can force you to live next to a casino, but on a broader scale deals with who wins in a fight, the branch of government filled with mostly old white people who are out of touch with the average person, or the other branch of government who’s like basically the same thing.  Law starts at (04:06).

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What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

Posted: October 1, 2017 by Nazim in Uncategorized

This week’s episode covers three big happenings from the podcast’s summer vacation.  First, Brett and Nazim discuss the 9th Circuit’s expansion of the “bona fide” relationship test, the new solicitor general, and then in a stunning twist of dramatic irony, discuss the term mootness and how the Travel Ban case may end up dismissed.  Law starts at (03:14).

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